Christian Coalition Commends House For Protecting Religious Freedom
CHESAPEAKE, VA - Christian Coalition President Pat Robertson commended the House of Representatives for passing an amendment today which would permit the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools. The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Robert Aderholt, allows states to decide whether to allow religious displays on government property.
"This is a tremendous victory for people of faith. Restoring religious liberty is a top legislative priority of Christian Coalition and we will work vigorously to ensure the American people's right to express their deeply held beliefs is protected in the public square," Robertson said. "The House vote was a courageous move toward bringing values back into our public schools after decades of banishment by the courts."
Christian Coalition supports an amendment to the Constitution that would restore the First Amendment freedom of religion and ensure its fairness to people of all faiths. In 1998, the House of Representatives for the first time in 27 years voted on a voluntary school prayer amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which passed by a strong majority. Christian Coalition will take the lead to broaden the support of the amendment to the two-thirds necessary for the adoption of a constitutional amendment.
"In the wake of Columbine, the American people have been searching to understand and prevent similar tragedies in our school systems," Robertson said. "Allowing the Ten Commandments to be posted on a school house wall is common-sense measure that reaffirms the traditional moral values that our nation was built upon. Large majorities of the American public want their right to religious expression protected and Christian Coalition will work hard to see that these liberties are defended."